genetics

Dr. Kendall R Lamkey
Professor and Chair
Haochuan Li
Visiting Scholar (11/2017-12/2018)
Associate Professor, Henan Agricultural University, China(2011-present)
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Jacob Zobrist
Graduate Student

Root Genetics in the Field to Understand Drought Adaptation and Carbon Sequestration

Critical Need: Plants capture atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) using photosynthesis, and transfer the carbon to the soil through their roots. Soil organic matter, which is primarily composed of carbon, is a key determinant of soil's overall quality. Even though crop productivity has increased significantly over the past century, soil quality and levels of topsoil have declined during this period. Low levels of soil organic matter affect a plant's productivity, leading to increased fertilizer and water use.

Development and Evaluation of Improved Strategies for Genomic Selection Via Simulations and Empirical Testing

The overall goal of the proposed project is to increase the efficiency of crop breeding programs by developing and deploying improved genomic selection strategies that rely on improvements in the selection and mating steps.As a consequence of growing populations, changing diets, and the challenges of climate change, agricultural systems must produce more with less. More means greater demand for agricultural products such as food, feed, energy and fiber.

By Ellen Bombela, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service

Jianming Yu is considered one of the top scientists in the world in quantitative genetics, which integrates plant breeding, genomics, molecular genetics and statistics.

His goal is to develop and implement new strategies and methods in trait dissection and crop improvement. His work has earned him the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Raymond and Mary Baker Agronomic Excellence Award.

His success is driven by constantly asking questions.

Iowa State junior Aimee Schulz is aiming to make a difference when it comes to global food security, and she's doing this through identifying ways to protect the genetic lines of indigenous maize. Or, what most of us refer to as corn.

Aimee took on an ambitious research adventure her freshman year in Assistant Professor Matthew Hufford's genetics lab at Iowa State to identify the human and environmental factors impacting indigenous varieties of maize in southwestern Mexico.

Jinyu Wang
Graduate Assistant-Research
Qi Mu
Qi Mu
Graduate Assistant-Research

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